Ipswich swimmers help break world record

Left to right Reg Lloyd, Jake Tyson, Jack Hollis

Left to right Reg Lloyd, Jake Tyson, Jack Hollis - Credit: Archant

Team Ipswich swimmers Jack Hollis, 20, Reg Lloyd and Jake Tyson (both 16) were part of a team that set a new 100x100n relay world record at the weekend.

The event at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge was arranged by former Team Ipswich swimmer Lewis Coleman, in aid of Leukaemia Research – an illness his mother was diagnosed with in 2012.

The 100-strong team list read like a Who’s Who of British swimming and included Olympic medalists Rebecca Adlington, Michael Jamieson and Steve Parry, world record holder Liam Tancock, and a host of other stars, past and present, including former Ipswich swimmers Karen Pickering and Chris Walker-Hebborn.

The existing record of one hour, 37 minutes, 53 seconds, was set in Australia in 2011 and required an average time of 58.7 seconds per swimmer for each 100 metre freestyle leg.

The three current Ipswich swimmers all set much quicker times, Jake in 50.83, Reg in 52.34 and Jack in 53.09 – and with Lewis’ younger brother, Oliver, 10, taking the first leg and Lewis, himself, swimming the final leg to stop the clock in a new world record time of one hour, 29 minutes, 3.78 seconds, the existing record was beaten by over eight minutes.

Lewis’ mother Maggie received positive news about her condition just days before and was there to watch her sons start and finish the event, which raised several thousands for the charity.

The final amount raised will not be known for a few weeks but already stands at over £20,000.

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